Dec 9, 2013 10:00pm PST
korea said he was forced into making a taped confession. and today the 85-year-old merrill newman tried to show that he was being coerced by using awkward phrasing and poor english grammar. newman says that the interrogator said if he didn't apologize for the alleged crimes, he would be sentence the to 15 years. here is a lick his detention. saying: "i just didn't understand that, for the noh korean regime, the korean w isn't over and that even innocent remarks about the r can cause big problems if you are a foreigner. with the benefit of hindsight i should have more sensitive to that." taking a live look at >>> and they should have been more sensitive to that. >>> taking a live look now at johannesburg, south africa, where just over an hour ago, thousands began packing the soccer stadium ahead of a massive memorial for nelson mandela. many are already chanting, dancing, and holding signs in remembrance as they wait for the service to begin at about three hours from now. >>> president obama landed in johannesburg 45 minutes ago. and he is one of nearly 100 heads of state attending. they
Dec 7, 2013 10:00pm PST
korean government is back home tonight. merrill newman arrived at sfo this morning but as don knapp reports he wouldn't comment on the time in captivity. >> reporter: a round of applause greets merrill newman walking through san francisco's international terminal. back home after being held six weeks by the north korean. >> government. >> great homecoming and i'm tired but ready to be with my family now. and -- thank you all for the support we got. and very much appreciate it. >> reporter: newman declined to talk about his experience. later, news crews waited for hours at newman's retirement home for a chance to learn more. he didn't show. newman advised south korean guerrillas during the war. on october 26th as he prepared the fly -- no fly home from north korea they entered the plane and removed him. that's week they released this video of newman reading a so- called confession apology. >> with the information of the kp a and attack the communication system and killed three innocent operators. >> reporter: the north korean video signaled an impending release according to stanford'